Mike Judge at the San Diego Comic-Con International in July 2011.
|Born||Michael Craig Judge
October 17, 1962
|Education||St. Pius X High School|
|Alma mater||University of California, San Diego (Bachelor of Science)|
|Occupation||Actor, animator, writer, producer, director, musician|
|Home town||Albuquerque, New Mexico|
Michael Craig "Mike" Judge (born October 17, 1962) is an American actor, animator, screenwriter, film director, producer, and musician. He is best known as the creator and star of the animated television series Beavis and Butt-head (1993–1997, 2011), King of the Hill (1997–2010), and The Goode Family (2009).
He also wrote, directed and in some instances produced the films Beavis and Butt-head Do America (1996), Office Space (1999), Idiocracy (2006) and Extract (2009). Judge is also known for his role as Donnagon Giggles in the Spy Kids movie franchise.
Early life and education
Michael Craig Judge is the second of three children born to archaeologist Jim Judge and librarian Margaret Blue. He was born in Guayaquil, Ecuador, where his father worked for a nonprofit organization promoting agricultural development. Judge was raised from age 7 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Judge attended St. Pius X High School before graduating with a Bachelor of Science in physics in 1986 from the University of California, San Diego.
After graduating from UCSD with a degree in physics, Judge's first job was as a programmer for the F-18 fighter at Support Systems Associates, Inc. In 1987 he moved to Silicon Valley to join Parallax Graphics, a startup video card company with about 40 employees based in Santa Clara. Disliking the company's culture and his colleagues ("The people I met were like Stepford Wives. They were true believers in something, and I don't know what it was"), Judge quit after less than three months and became a bass player with a touring blues band. In the early 1990s he was playing blues bass with Doyle Bramhall and was a part of Anson Funderburgh's band for two years playing on 1990 Black Top Records release "Rack 'Em Up", while taking graduate math classes at the University of Texas at Dallas.
Animation, film and TV work
In 1989, after seeing animation cels on display in a movie theater, Judge purchased a Bolex 16 mm film camera and began creating his own animated shorts. In 1991, his short film "Office Space" (also known as the Milton series of shorts) was acquired by Comedy Central, following a Dallas animation festival.
In 1992, he developed Frog Baseball, a short film featuring the characters Beavis and Butt-head, to be featured on Liquid Television, a 1990s animation showcase that appeared on MTV. The short led to the creation of the Beavis and Butt-head series on MTV, in which Judge voiced both title characters as well as the majority of supporting characters. Beavis and Butt-head visited Wilson Middle School and attended Highland High School in their series, which are the names of schools in Albuquerque, Judge's hometown. The series ran from 1993 to 1997 and 2011, and also spawned the feature-length film, Beavis and Butt-head Do America (1996).
In 1997, Judge created King of the Hill for the Fox Network. Many of the show's characters were based on people he had known while living in Texas. Judge voiced characters Hank Hill and Jeff Boomhauer. The show centers on the Hills, a middle-class Methodist family in the small suburban town of Arlen, Texas. It attempts to retain a naturalistic approach, seeking humor in the conventional and mundane aspects of everyday life while dealing with issues comically. The series ran from January 12, 1997 to May 6, 2010 with a total of 259 episodes aired. The show is the third longest running prime time animated series behind The Simpsons and South Park.
In 1999, Judge had a voice cameo in South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut, the feature-length film adaptation of the popular Comedy Central series; he voiced Kenny McCormick when he was unhooded towards the end of the film. That same year, he wrote and directed the live-action comedy film Office Space, which was based in part on the Milton series of cartoons he had created for NBC's Saturday Night Live. In the film, he made a cameo appearance as Stan (complete with hairpiece and fake mustache), the manager of Chotchkie's, a fictionalized parody of chain restaurants like Applebee's and TGI Friday's. As of mid-2006, Office Space had sold nearly six million home-video copies.
Judge's film, Idiocracy (2006), a dystopian comedy starring Luke Wilson and Maya Rudolph, was given a limited release theatrically by 20th Century Fox in September 2006, two years after production. The film was released without a trailer or substantial marketing campaign. In the U.S., the film was released to DVD in January 2007 and later aired on premium-television, multiplex channels: Cinemax in September 2007 and HBO in January 2008. Since then, it has gained a cult following.
He has made cameo appearances in numerous films, including the comedy Jackass Number Two (2006), in which he can be seen during the closing credits. An extended version can be seen in Jackass 2.5 (2007) which was a direct-to-video release. Judge also created a video clip of Beavis and Butt-head ripping into Steve-O for his video Poke the Puss, where the two try imagining if they would like the video better if they were black. The clip aired as a part of Jackassworld.com: 24-Hour Takeover, a February 23, 2008 television special on MTV to coincide with the official launch of jackassworld.com.
His newest animated series, The Goode Family, debuted on ABC and was cancelled after one season. It was confirmed on The Goode Family Facebook page that Comedy Central had picked up the reruns of the series, and was to be evaluated for a chance of being renewed for a second season. Comedy Central first aired the series on January 4, 2010. However, the series was pulled off of the schedule shortly thereafter. It was officially confirmed by the production team on The Goode Family Facebook page that the show would not continue on Comedy Central. It was later announced that Judge had begun outlining new episodes of Beavis and Butt-head for MTV's revival of the show.
In 2012, Judge announced that he is developing a sitcom for HBO called Silicon Valley, a single-camera live-action comedy, with King of the Hill executive producers John Altschuler and Dave Krinsky. Judge will direct the pilot, which he co-wrote with Altschuler and Krinsky, which will be set in Northern California and will address the idea that "the people most qualified to succeed are the least capable of handling success". The pilot will be shot in the spring, and is being executive-produced by Scott Rudin alongside Judge, Altschuler and Krinsky, and 3 Arts' Michael Rotenberg and Tom Lassally.
In 2013, Judge collaborated with Seth MacFarlane on a mashup episode of Family Guy. In this episode, complete with a Hill-themed opening, Judge reprises his role as Hank Hill. Earlier in 2010 and 2012, Judge played cameos as Hill on two episodes of MacFarlane's The Cleveland Show.
Despite his King of the Hill protagonist Hank Hill being identifiable as a conservative and his The Goode Family being essentially a satire of many liberal precepts, Judge avoids discussing his political leanings. The Goode Family has been called a conservative show, and it has been suggested by the conservative site Newsbusters that the show's negative reviews were a consequence of liberals having a poor sense of humor.
In reviewing Idiocracy, Salon stated, "Judge's gimlet eye is so ruthless that at times his politics seem to border on South Park libertarianism." A writer for the libertarian Reason seems to agree, comparing King of the Hill to the anti-authoritarian point-of-view of South Park and The Simpsons, though he calls the show more populist, noting the disdain King of the Hill seems to have for bureaucrats, professionals, and big-box chains.
I try to not let the show get too political. To me, it's more social than political I guess you'd say, because that's funnier. I don't really like political reference humor that much. Although I liked the episode "Hank's Bully" where Hank's talking to the mailman and he says, 'Why would anyone want to lick a stamp that has Bill Clinton on it?' To me that's just like more of a character thing about Hank than it is a political joke or anything. I don't want to do a bunch of stuff about the war, particularly.
|1991–1994||Milton (Saturday Night Live shorts)||Yes||Yes||Yes||Milton||Also did animation and music|
|1991||The Honky Problem||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Inbred Jed|
|1992||Frog Baseball||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Beavis, Butt-head, additional characters|
|1992||Peace, Love and Understanding||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Beavis, Butt-head, David Van Driessen, additional characters|
|1993–1997, 2011||Beavis and Butt-head||Yes||Yes||executive||Yes||Beavis, Butt-head, David Van Driessen, Tom Anderson, Principal McVicker, Coach Buzzcut, additional characters||222 episodes; Also functioned as creator, character designer, creative consultant, creative supervisor and did musical theme|
|1993–2009||Late Show with David Letterman||Yes||Beavis, Butt-head||3 episodes|
|1994||Airheads||Yes||Voiced Beavis and Butt-head on the radio|
|1994||The Head||Yes||Butt-head||Episode: "The Head/The Date"|
|1996||Beavis and Butt-head Do America||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Beavis, Butt-head, David Van Driessen, Tom Anderson, Principal McVicker|
|1997–2010||King of the Hill||Yes||executive||Yes||Hank Hill, Jeff Boomhauer, Stuart Dooley, additional characters||259 episodes; Also functioned as creator|
|1997||The Simpsons||Yes||Hank Hill||Episode: "Bart Star"|
|1997||Space Ghost Coast to Coast||Yes||Himself||Episode: "Sphinx"|
|1997||69th Academy Awards||Yes||Beavis, Butt-head||TV Special|
|1999||South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut||Yes||Kenny McCormick unhooded saying "goodbye"|
|2002||Serving Sara||Yes||Motel manager|
|2002||Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams||Yes||Donnagon Giggles|
|2002||Saturday Night Live||Yes||Beavis, Butt-head||Episode: "Jon Stewart/India.Arie"|
|2003||Frasier||Yes||Sexual harassment facilitator, Van||Episode: "The Harassed"|
|2003||Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over||Yes||Donnagon Giggles|
|2006||Idiocracy||Yes||Yes||Yes||Also wrote story|
|2006||Jackass Number Two||Yes||Himself||Cameo|
|2006||Aqua Teen Hunger Force||Yes||Aliens||Episode: "Antenna"|
|2007||The Animation Show||Yes||Beavis, Butt-head||Judge functioned as animator|
|2009||The Goode Family||Yes||executive||Yes||Gerald Goode, The Average Guy||13 episodes; Also functioned as creator|
|2010||Jackass 3D||Yes||Beavis, Butt-head||Cameo|
|2010–2012||The Cleveland Show||Yes||Hank Hill||2 episodes|
|2011||Jimmy Kimmel Live!||Yes||Beavis, Butt-head||2 episodes|
|2012||The Wind||Yes||Music video (Zac Brown Band)|
|2013||Family Guy||Yes||Hank Hill||Episode: "Bigfat"|
|2013||R.I.P.D.||Yes||Various Deado Voices|
|2014||Silicon Valley||Yes||Yes||executive||Also functioned as creator|
Awards and nominations
- Bozzola, Lucia. "Mike Judge". All Movie Guide via The New York Times. Retrieved October 24, 2011.
- Contemporary Authors Online (2009)
- Brown, Chip (March 26, 1996). "He's the Father of Beavis and Butt-head, Huh, Huh". Associated Press via the Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2010-11-08.
- "'Silicon Valley' Asks: Is Your Startup Really Making The World Better?". April 17, 2014. Retrieved April 23, 2014.
- Scott, Zachary (2014-04). "Mike Judge Does Silicon Valley". Wired. pp. 88–93.
- "Bman's Blues Report: What does Anson Funderburgh have to do with Beavis and Butt-Head". Bmans blues report. December 7, 2011. Retrieved November 3, 2012.
- Patterson, John (September 8, 2006). "Stupid Fox". The Guardian. Retrieved December 30, 2009.
- Walker, Rob (May 4, 2008). "This Joke’s for You". New York Times.
- Staff writer (April 28, 2008). "Bateman, Judge Pair for Extract — Jason Bateman Will Star as a Flower Extract Plant Owner in Writer-Director Mike Judge's Third Feature Comedy Extract. The Hollywood Reporter (via Entertainment Weekly). Retrieved December 30, 2009.
- "Niet compatibele browser". Facebook. Retrieved 2010-05-16.
- Starr, Michael (July 15, 2010). "They're back!". New York Post.
- Gold, Jon. "Mike Judge to write dang-old Silicon Valley comedy for HBO, man". Network World. Retrieved February 26, 2013.
- Snierson, Dan. "'Family Guy' meets 'American Dad' meets... 'King of the Hill'?". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved April 12, 2013.
- Eric Goldman. "Interview: Mike Judge Reaches the Top of the Hill".
- "The Top 25 Conservative TV Shows of the last 25 Years".
- Mitchell Blatt. "Newspapers Bristle at Thought of Liberalism Being Mocked in 'The Goode Family'".
- Stevens, Dana (2007-01-12). "Mike Judge's Idiocracy reviewed. - By Dana Stevens - Slate Magazine". Slate.com. Retrieved 2011-03-28.
- Jesse Walker (2003-12-14). "Animated Discourse". Reason.com. Retrieved 2011-03-28.
- "Mike Judge Directs 'Robo Redneck' video for Zac Brown's "The Wind"". Wqyk.cbslocal.com. 2012-07-05. Retrieved 2013-08-08.
- Mike Judge at the Internet Movie Database
- Gladstone, Neil (December 19–26, 1996). "Mike Judge" (interview). Philadelphia City Paper. Accessed December 30, 2009.